Care After Separation and Divorce  

Related: Retrouvaille (Program to support struggling times in marriage) ; Declaration of Nullity (Annulment)

Divorce and separation are painful periods in most people’s lives because they were not part of the plan when they married. This can be a time of both grief and pain. This is a time to look after yourself if you are going to ensure that your other responsibilities (children, job and/or family) do not suffer. For yourself and others in your life you care about, it is a time to work on being healthy and happy.

A few things to consider:

  • Attend support groups (see below)
  • Seek the help of a professional counselor as you transition into this new phase of your life.
  • Get enough sleep every day.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Exercise a few times a week.
  • Do not dwell on what you could have done or should have done. 
  • Think carefully before dating again. You need time to heal.
  • Listen to soothing music to calm yourself, even at bedtime. 
  • Pray daily for strength to get through this difficult time. 
  • Ask for help from friends and loved ones.

 


ReStart: Programs for People Who Are Divorced or Separated

ONGOING SUPPORT PROGRAM !!!

ReStart: Refresh, Renew Revive – A gathering for separated and divorced individuals offering learning, support and fun!  This program offers continual support and insights for people on their journey through the divorce/ separation process and beyond. 

The program takes place on the 2nd and 3rd Friday of every month, excluding July and August (though there will be plans to meet in those months for a walk, picnic, or other fun events).  The meetings will occur from 7-9 pm at the Chancery Office at 700 King St. West in person, or you are welcome to join by zoom. Registration is not required , but those attending by zoom will need to call 905-528-7988 ext. 2249 or e-mail familyministry@hamiltondiocese.com in order to receive the zoom link for the sessions. 

10 WEEK PROGRAM !!!

ReStart: Moving Forward – this is a ten week program offered in the fall and spring of each year. We are presently completing the participants guide and finalizing format etc. of the facilitators’ manual. The program will begin for the first time the week after March break, so we will start on Tuesday, March 21st and run until Tuesday, May 23rd.  The sessions will occur from 7-9 pm at the Chancery Office at 700 King St. West in person, or you are welcome to join by zoom. Cost is $25 for materials, but no one is turned away. Registration is required so please call Sarah at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249 or e-mail familyministry@hamiltondiocese.com.

This program is designed to provide resources for those who are recently separated or divorced, or for those who are still challenged by their divorce. The ten week session offers tools to help men and women through the journey of initial stress, anger and guilt, establishing healthy boundaries, self-care, life balance and over-coming loneliness to ultimately move toward forgiveness, happiness and growth. The Moving Forward Program is intended to help separated and divorced persons understand the process of healing and moving forward.